Master of Speech Language Therapy Pratice (First Class Hons)
(The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Bsc (Psychology), BA (English Literature)
(The University of Otago, New Zealand)
Georgina Kevany is a Speech Language Pathologist who was born in South Africa, and raised in New Zealand. She completed her formal training at the University of Auckland where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Speech Language Therapy Practice and received First Class Honours. During her studies she also received a Rotary Youth Leadership Award as well as a First in Class award. Georgina’s undergraduate studies include a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature.
Prior to her master’s degree, Georgina completed her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification and worked as an English teacher in a small conversation school in Japan. Students aged from 2.5 years to 83 years, and classes were tailored to suit the individual needs of each student. It was here that Georgina developed a service mind-set and holistic approach to therapy, as well as truly appreciating the importance of language and how it builds connection with others. As a result, she is also more keenly aware of issues that come with language differences versus language disorders.
Georgina worked previously for three years in the largest hospital in New Zealand (Middlemore Hospital) with an adult caseload. She is astutely aware of the communication complexities that come with health and medical challenges, and has many years of experience working with neurological cases. It was here that her passion for advocacy for clients with speech and language needs grew.
Georgina has previously had clinical placements with the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, working with children with speech and/ or language disorders; dysfluency/stuttering/stammering in young adults; and working collaboratively alongside dietitians and psychologists in a child feeding clinic with ‘picky eaters’ - focusing on the SOS feeding approach. Working with the ministry exposed Georgina to the realities of the long waiting time for public services, and the need for private service industries – especially for early intervention.
At this centre, Georgina works with a variety of different cases. She is an advocate for the need to focus on emotional regulation (using the Conscious Discipline approach), self-esteem, and rapport for generating the best outcomes for children. Georgina is passionate about making a difference in children’s lives and helping them to realise their potential and celebrate their progress. She is also devoted to helping school aged students who are underperforming and struggling to integrate their knowledge in their academic work. Georgina currently works with UWC-East on some days in handling a mixed caseload of mainstream school students.
In her spare time Georgina enjoys learning languages, traveling, photography, diving, and yoga. She was elected onto the General Committee for Speech and Language Therapy Singapore (SALTS) in 2018 and works hard to bring in international experts to present to the local Speech Language Therapy community.